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New Mexico Police Use Software to Stop Distracted Driving

Farmington police may be the first in New Mexico to crack down on distracted officers who try to use a patrol computer while driving. New software to prevent distracted driving has been installed in most of the department’s vehicles in …

New York Police Issued More Than 10K Tickets Over July 4th Weekend

New York state troopers say they issued more than 10,000 tickets over the July 4th holiday weekend. State police once again this year beefed up enforcement against holiday drivers who were impaired, distracted, speeding or who were not buckled up. …

Washington Cameras Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

A school district in Pierce County, Wash. has issued an average of 30 citations a month since it mounted cameras on school buses last winter to catch drivers illegally passing buses. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that the violations, …

Michigan Rail Project to Eliminate Dangerous Crossing

Officials say a project to extend a rail line in a DTE Energy Co. rail yard in suburban Detroit, Mich. is designed to improve safety and traffic flow. Work begins July 13 in Trenton. The yard holds trains delivering coal …

Thousands of Utahans Nailed for Violating New Seat Belt Law

Thousands of motorists have been cited since a tougher Utah seat belt law went into effect nearly two months ago, state transportation officials said. More than 6,000 drivers have been caught not wearing seat belts since the law was enacted …

Colorado to Join ‘Zero Deaths’ Traffic Safety Plan

Colorado is signing on to a national effort to reduce traffic deaths dramatically – all the way to zero. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to tout the effort Monday afternoon at the Capitol. Six years ago the national Governors Highway …

NYC to Spend $250M to Make Dangerous Streets Safer

Some of New York City’s most dangerous streets are about to get safer as part of a $250 million project that will target roadways in the outer boroughs where dozens of pedestrians have been killed or injured in recent years. …

Double Fines in ‘Pedestrian Safety Zones’ Proposed by Nevada Bill

A bill in the Nevada Legislature would allow for special “pedestrian safety zones” where traffic fines are doubled. Lawmakers are scheduled to review SB144 on Tuesday in the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would allow local governments or the Nevada …

Utah House Passes Proposal to Toughen Seatbelt Law

Drivers who don’t wear seatbelts could be stopped by police under a proposal that has cleared the Utah House of Representatives. Republican Rep. Lee Perry of Perry says the bill that passed the House Tuesday will strengthen the seatbelt law …

Pedestrian Deaths Fall to Historic Lows in New York City

Pedestrian deaths are at historic lows in New York City after a push by City Hall to make streets safer. According to the New York Times, there were 132 pedestrian deaths from traffic accidents in 2014, the lowest since the …